SIXTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL FOR 2009-2010
The University of Texas at Austin
Monday, March 22, 2010
Main Building, Room 212
ORDER OF BUSINESS
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY (D 7964-7974)—Sue Alexander Greninger.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.
Minutes of the regular Faculty Council meeting of February 15, 2010, (coming soon).
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT—William Powers Jr.
Comments by the President.
Questions to the President. From the Faculty Council Executive Committee.
Because we are in a flat budget situation, how will the faculty be able to provide our views in a timely way (e.g., not after the fact) about the University’s priorities? For instance, many budget cutting plans have been driven by a strategic decision to maintain a raise pool. If future strategic planning requires cuts to various programs, how will the faculty be able to provide our views concerning the positive and negative impacts of such decisions before any budget decisions are made?
We understand that some trimming will be occurring in the upper administration budget (the offices of the vice presidents). For our information in terms of thinking about University priorities, what was the structure (number of vice presidents and number of staff members in the VPs’ offices) 10 years ago, 5 years ago, and this year? What was the budget for these offices 10 years ago, 5 years ago, and this year not in dollars necessarily but in terms of a relation to the general academic budget (e.g., 10% of the amount in the general academic budget)?
Will the present level of PI discretion on spending external grant monies change? If so, how? In your answer, can you include any policies about hiring of personnel (students, staff, fellows) off of such funds?
Are there any plans to change the distribution of indirect cost returns to the colleges? If so, when will they be implemented and what will be the specific changes in distribution?
REPORT OF THE CHAIR— Janet Staiger.
Report on College Governance.
Discussion of Budget.
“We would like to have a general discussion and expression of your views about the budget issues facing the University so that we can establish the faculty's priorities. This discussion should include views about the proposed 2% faculty raises, the terminations of lecturers and staff, the reductions of graduate students, the elimination of the cactus cafe and the informal classes, and any other such aspects to our financial situation.”
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT—Dean Neikirk.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS BUSINESS—None.
REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEES.
Report on the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics Association (COIA)—Tom Palaima (professor classics and COIA representative).
Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the University Co-op Board of Directors (D 7975)—Janet Staiger (chair).
Proposals from the Faculty Committee on Committees Affecting Terms of Service, Term Limits, Chairs, and Chairs (D 7976-7978)—Dominic Lasorsa (associate professor, journalism, and committee chair).
Proposal from the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee Recommending Changes to the Parliamentarian Language in the Rules and Regulations (D 7979)—Hillary Hart (distinguished senior lecturer, civil, architectural and environmental engineering and committee chair).
Proposal from the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee Recommending Changes to the Voting Rights for Non-Tenure Track Faculty (D 7980-7981)—Hillary Hart (distinguished senior lecturer, civil, architectural and environmental engineering and committee chair).
School of Undergraduate Studies Governance Document (D 7982-xxxx)—Paul Woodruff (dean, undergraduate studies).
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.
Faculty Election for college representatives on the Faculty Council, final phase—March 29-April 9.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council